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    I hate it when this happens

    I was riding the long way home from church today on my hybrid doing pretty well...or so I thought. I was on a Multi Use Trail when a kid in flip flops basketball shorts and a t-shirt blows past me. You've got to be kidding me. I've been training to do a century later this month and thought I was in ok shape. He's riding an old Trek 7200 squeeky chain and cranks that click every rev. So of course I pick up the pace, catch up and pass him. Then he passes me. I catch up again and start talking. ME "You ride alot?" Him "Just began yesterday"

    Jeez, I suck.

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    Well, Im pretty sure that my younger brother and I could both drive a porche, too, but I would get to my destination without roasting the gearbox. While you/I/We as riders may be more cautious or anal about our equipment, hydration, clothing, discussion topics, what have you-we still spend all that time acquiring and exchanging info to 'get to our destination'. If he's wearing flip flops his feet will hate him. If he's riding any distance and he chafe's up, he won't be on again for awhile. If his bike cassette falls off he won't be going anywhere.....*shrug*
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevel610 View Post
    I was riding the long way home from church today on my hybrid doing pretty well...or so I thought. I was on a Multi Use Trail when a kid in flip flops basketball shorts and a t-shirt blows past me. You've got to be kidding me. I've been training to do a century later this month and thought I was in ok shape. He's riding an old Trek 7200 squeeky chain and cranks that click every rev. So of course I pick up the pace, catch up and pass him. Then he passes me. I catch up again and start talking. ME "You ride alot?" Him "Just began yesterday"

    Jeez, I suck.
    You are getting bothered by something a KID does?!? The way I see it, a kid SHOULD be able to drop me. I feel sorry for the kids who cannot. BTW, centuries are about endurance, not racing. I think you are being very hard on yourself.

    Which MUT were you riding?

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    This happened last year...

    I was biking along the paved Burke-Gilman trail near Seattle. The particular section I was on has a parallel soft path adjacent to the paved path. While cruising along the paved path (at 15MPH or so) I was passed. By someone riding on the soft path. On a mountain bike.

    As he (quickly!) pulled away, I noticed something odd; something was just "not right". Then it hit me -- the rider had only one leg. The missing leg seemed to have been amputated near the hip.

    I am so not worthy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithm0 View Post
    This happened last year...

    I was biking along the paved Burke-Gilman trail near Seattle. The particular section I was on has a parallel soft path adjacent to the paved path. While cruising along the paved path (at 15MPH or so) I was passed. By someone riding on the soft path. On a mountain bike.

    As he (quickly!) pulled away, I noticed something odd; something was just "not right". Then it hit me -- the rider had only one leg. The missing leg seemed to have been amputated near the hip.

    I am so not worthy...
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    If a kid can't drop me (a 42 year old fat guy), the kid has some problems or he isn't trying very hard.

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    . Great story. My son used to do that to me. Now I do it to him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stujoe View Post
    If a kid can't drop me (a 42 year old fat guy), the kid has some problems or he isn't trying very hard.
    +1
    As a 60 years old on a MB, it's pretty sad if they can't!
    Funny thing though, I'll catch up with one on rare occasion, and end up passing him a couple miles later, while his tongue is hanging out."-)
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    If i am not paying attention my son will drop me in a heartbeat.

    He is 6 and on a fixie hotrock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alathea View Post
    If he's wearing flip flops his feet will hate him. I
    I ride in flip flops from time to time. Work fine. Of course, I don't believe the nonsense about welding your feet to the pedals, and ride platforms. I do much of my summer riding in tevas (I don't really like flip flops to walk in, so don't wear them often.)

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    I got to speak to him a little. He works at the YMCA and said he "runs alot". He was looking for a way to get to work witthout a lot of time in traffic. I too think he should have been able to drop me (I'm 42 and 70 lbs. heavier than he was) but I still don't like it.

    Historian-I was riding the Perkiomen down to Oaks then up through Mont Clare into P-Ville. My wife and I did another trip this afternoon through Kimberton, Birchrunville to Yellosw Springs and back home again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevel610 View Post
    I got to speak to him a little. He works at the YMCA and said he "runs alot". He was looking for a way to get to work witthout a lot of time in traffic. I too think he should have been able to drop me (I'm 42 and 70 lbs. heavier than he was) but I still don't like it.

    Historian-I was riding the Perkiomen down to Oaks then up through Mont Clare into P-Ville. My wife and I did another trip this afternoon through Kimberton, Birchrunville to Yellosw Springs and back home again.
    Let me know next time you are out this way and I'll join you. Or at least let you drop me. Was my 'backyard' as nice as I described it? Did you stop at Kimberton Whole Foods?

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    Well, at my weight and shape, I'll pass people sometimes, and they'll pass me sometimes. But I have to realize that MOST of the people that look to be in-shape could probably pass me if they wanted to. So it's more of an issue of how fast people want to go, than me just being faster than they are.

    "I ride in flip flops from time to time. Work fine." I don't know about flipflops, but I did learn as a kid not to ride barefooted; catching your toe under the pedal on a turn does not feel good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post

    "I ride in flip flops from time to time. Work fine." I don't know about flipflops, but I did learn as a kid not to ride barefooted; catching your toe under the pedal on a turn does not feel good.
    The only time my feet come off the pedals is to put one on the ground at a stop, so it's not a problem. Moving my feet in circles isn't that hard.

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    OMG i might have seen this guy yesterday on the Burke_Gilman myself! This time, well if its the same guy, He was on some kind of Cervelo road bike hauling ass past everyone including myself.


    Quote Originally Posted by keithm0 View Post
    This happened last year...

    I was biking along the paved Burke-Gilman trail near Seattle. The particular section I was on has a parallel soft path adjacent to the paved path. While cruising along the paved path (at 15MPH or so) I was passed. By someone riding on the soft path. On a mountain bike.

    As he (quickly!) pulled away, I noticed something odd; something was just "not right". Then it hit me -- the rider had only one leg. The missing leg seemed to have been amputated near the hip.

    I am so not worthy...

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    The best was when I heard the guy's squeaky bike from 20 yards back. Super-rust bucket, panniers held together with duct tape and safety pins, cutoff jean shorts, t-shirt, and an open flannel flapping like a cape behind him. He dropped me like I was standing still, and I was doing 17mph.

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    Okay, so I was grunting my way up a long hill one time and a woman at least my age (almost 50) jogged past me. I just stopped and laughed-what else could I do?!?!

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    When we lived in Colorado, I had a steep hill in a park near our house that I would walk up. And mountain bikers would also ride up that hill. A bicycle increases your efficiency tremendously on level ground, but on a steep uphill, once you get to a walking pace, it does nothing for you in terms of efficiency, PLUS you're toting the weight of the bike and the hiker isn't. Figure when you get to going slow on a steep hill, anyone that rides past you could probably walk or jog past you as well- it's more a matter of fitness than equipment at that point. (And yes, I did walk past some mountain bikers, and it felt good!)
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    I remember being 18 and the shape I was in...I could go for a 10 mile bike ride and not NEED any water for the ride, and even when id get back id only drink half a glass and be fine. Now even for 10 miles I gotta have a bottle on the bike, and drink a bit when I get back.

    I wish I was still in that shape not sure I can ever be again though, It took a LOT of work to lose that weight. 2 hours of fairly intense tennis practice 5 days a week, and darn near starving myself. Probably should get my thyroid checked...my mom has problems with hers.

    I laugh at people with squeeky bikes. especially if they are nicer bikes (not just walmart bikes). doesnt take much to take care of a bike, storing them outside isnt a great idea either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nymtber View Post

    I laugh at people with squeeky bikes. especially if they are nicer bikes (not just walmart bikes). doesnt take much to take care of a bike, storing them outside isnt a great idea either!
    There's a walk I take sometimes, along a riverside MUP. (I don't bike it because it's a long way away and I'm near it sometimes in a car.) I'm always amazed at the number of bikes that go past me with chains that are creaking, derailleurs clicking because they're not aligned right, and bearings that are squeaking. I guess it's a testment to how reliable even crappy bikes are, but I'd never ride a bike like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dscheidt View Post
    There's a walk I take sometimes, along a riverside MUP. (I don't bike it because it's a long way away and I'm near it sometimes in a car.) I'm always amazed at the number of bikes that go past me with chains that are creaking, derailleurs clicking because they're not aligned right, and bearings that are squeaking. I guess it's a testment to how reliable even crappy bikes are, but I'd never ride a bike like that.
    Sad thing is, $5 and about 15 minutes, and it would work wonderfully......

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    I'm glad i'm not alone.

    Historian-I'll let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nymtber View Post
    I remember being 18 and the shape I was in...I could go for a 10 mile bike ride and not NEED any water for the ride, and even when id get back id only drink half a glass and be fine. Now even for 10 miles I gotta have a bottle on the bike, and drink a bit when I get back.
    When I was much younger, I didn't even have a clue about bike shorts or helmets. I could ride all over Baton Rouge all day in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and not even think about being tired. It was nothing to take a 40 mile trip to the LSU campus from where I lived and hang out and ride home. I can probably do it now, but the preparation is just a little different.
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